'It's a cathartic experience': Music producer behind campaign to send Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead to number one defends mocking of Thatcher
- Mark Biddis says those buying song are those who 'haven't been listened to'
- 'To have this marking her death shows how feel about her,' he said
- Song has now sold 20,000 copies since Thatcher's death on Monday
- It has been pushed up the charts due to an internet campaign
- The track, which costs 79p online, is currently No1 on iTunes
- Also on course to become the shortest top 10 single ever at 51 seconds
- BBC confirms a decision has not been made on whether to play it
Campaign: Protester Mark Biddiss claims getting Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead to number one would be 'cathartic' for many
Mark Biddiss, 39, denies his cause is wrong and disrespectful to the Iron Lady, claiming: 'It is not about the song, it is giving people a voice'.
His campaign, backed by Left-wing agitators, has caused the song from the Wizard Of Oz to rise in the pop charts this week, and now sits at number three, MailOnline has learned.
As well as rising up the official charts, the track, which costs 79p online, is currently No1 on iTunes, and the BBC is planning to play the song on Sunday.
In the past, songs deemed to be too controversial have been banned from the airwaves by the BBC.
Meanwhile counter-protesters have today launched a late campaign to encourage people to buy: 'I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher', a 1980 punk single by the Notsensibles.
'I am not an anarchist, and I am not going out to protest. This is a group of normal people who want be heard. I wanted to help this community,' Mr Biddiss told MailOnline.
'I feel a bit of sympathy for her. To have something like this marking her death shows how strongly feel about her.
'It is a comment about her as a state figure and what she did, not about her as a person or her family. People aren't having a go at her as an old lady.
'She never said sorry for anything she did. She did not make Britain great, she took a lot away from Britain.
'I think there is quite a tidal wave of emotion with this and it is a very cathartic experience for a lot of people who feel that for many years they haven't been listened to. I think they now feel they are being listened to.
'The big difference between this song and what Margaret Thatcher never did is listen to people. I don't think she even listened to her cabinet'.
Climbing up the charts: The Wizard Of Oz track which has had a surge of popularity in the wake of Baroness Thatcher's death is on course for a place in the top five
Online push: A message running on the Facebook group which has been set up to push the song to number one in this week's chart
But he and the thousands who have been buying the pop song have been called 'feeble', 'deeply offensive' and 'disrespectful' by those against them.
Jonathan Aitken confronted Mr Biddiss on ITV's Daybreak this morning.
'I think this is a pretty feeble form of protest,' he said.
'The way to treat this is the way that Lady Thatcher would have treated it - to rise above it with dignity and maybe some disdain.
'The one thing we shouldn't do is censor a song that which after all has been around for 50 years or more.
'This is an opportunistic move by a group of protesters to get a bit of publicity for them and their cause.
'People who have respect for Lady Thatcher and her views will not find this anything other than a distasteful affair.
'People have been listening to this song for decades. It is not new, what is new is that people like you are trying to get cheap publicity.'
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said today: 'If you suppress things then you make them popular, so play the b***** thing. If you ban it it will be number one for weeks.
'Personally I think that the behaviour of these yobs - most of whom weren’t even born when Lady Thatcher was in power - is horrible, offensive and disgusting'.
Row: Mr Baddiss and former MP Jonathan Aitken clashed over the campaign on ITV's Daybreak this morning
Before it is played, it is planned to use a reporter from the BBC1 news programme Newsbeat to explain to the station's target audience of young listeners why the song has risen in the charts.
MPs from both Labour and the Conservative party united in saying it would be wrong to give airtime to a song denigrating our greatest peacetime Prime Minister less than a week after her death.
The ruling comes after accusations of 'Left-wing bias' over the BBC's coverage of Lady Thatcher's death. It could be the first major leadership test for new director general Tony Hall, the chairman of the Culture Media and Sport select committee warned last night.
John Whittingdale said: 'This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point. Most people will find that offensive and deeply insensitive, and for that reason it would be better if the BBC did not play it. It's a political act.
The BBC will now need to decide if they will play the 1939 tune during Radio 1's top 40 countdown, hosted by Jameela Jamil, left. It is still some distance behind the week’s biggest selling single, Need U (100%) by Duke Dumont , right, FT A*M*E
Place in the charts: The song is also on course to become the shortest top 10 single ever, with the most popular version running to 51 seconds
POWER OF FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN
The power of a Facebook campaign should not be underestimated.
In 2009 a Facebook campaign was designed to prevent another X Factor number one.
As a consequence Rock band Rage Against the Machine won the most competitive battle in years for the Christmas number one.
The band's single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry's The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot.
Labour backbencher Gerry Sutcliffe added: 'Obviously nobody wants censorship of music or culture but there has to be dignity in death. While I disagreed with everything she stood for, she was a leader and a Prime Minister so I don't think it would be a good idea to promote that single.'
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead was written for the soundtrack of the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz and sung by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy, the Munchkins and Glinda the Good Witch, played by Billie Burke.
The song, written by E.Y. Harburg and composed by Harold Arlen, is sung as they celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the East after Dorothy 'dropped a house on her'. It includes the lyrics: 'Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead/She's gone where the goblins go/Below, below, below.'
Since Lady Thatcher died on Monday, it has become an anthem of hate for hordes of Left-wingers who have set up Facebook pages encouraging their friends to buy it.
Supporters of Lady Thatcher urged the public to download Madonna's song True Blue – the Whitehall codename for the preparations for her funeral – instead.
Decision: In what could be seen as the first major test for the new director general Tony Hall, the BBC will now have to take a decision about whether they will play the tune during Radio 1's top 40 countdown when places are finalised at the weekend
Tory MP Henry Smith said it would be 'silly and absurd' for the BBC to play the track on Sunday. He said: 'The song is in particularly poor taste. If I was the person in charge of making the decision I would choose not to play that track. However, it is ultimately irrelevant. Margaret Thatcher's towering reputation will survive this. She was someone who stood for freedom of expression, so we can't ban these sick and misguided protests.'
Another Conservative MP, Philip Davies, defended the BBC's decision, saying it had a duty to play the song on its chart show.
He said: 'It's a chart programme so if it's top of the charts they have to play it. It's not for the BBC to define on what basis something is in the charts.
'However I think this whole campaign is pretty pathetic really if the best these Left-wingers can achieve in their lives is to campaign for a song. Compared to Lady Thatcher's achievements around the world, it just shows what a fantastic Prime Minister she was that she defeated these people time and again and they are still bitter about it.'
In 1977 the BBC refused to play the Sex Pistols' anti-monarchy song God Save the Queen during the Silver Jubilee celebrations. It reached number one in the NME music magazine chart, but only number 2 in the official singles chart – selling 150,000 copies in its first week.
Yesterday BBC officials officially said no decision had yet been taken on whether to play Ding Dong! on the chart show. However, the corporation did not deny an online Guardian report that a decision had been made to play it if it remains in the top five.
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A post passed onto our website by an anonymous source regarding Mark Biddiss:
"You guys are doing a great job. Any chance of exposing a lefty forces hater and giving him the attention he so greatly deserves? This creature was slagging off soldiers on a page created against what he did last month during Thatchers funeral. like her or not there is no need to slag the forces off. He posted a load of crap but then took it down or the Admin did. but I sent a PM and got more or less the same. He likes to gob off about free speech then makes threats to call the old bill just for not liking his comments. Hes a dick of the highest order."
This is what he think about the forces:
So, our source messages us again:
"I did some digging last night. Turns out he keeps trying to get famous and used Thatchers death as way to get it. He drinks in a pub called the Greenwich Union. In London and there is talk about him scamming Charitys during self promoted charity events. Some people have questioned where he gets his money from as hes always in the pub and hardly working. He is also a kind of Walt as he made out to the press he was a record producer and song writer but no one has heard off him. Prize Dick this one! Go get him mate."
To be found on facebook here:
Back to the source:
"But he is on the papers making out he was a record producer and song writer. I think the press will jump on him if you expose him and the Mail is after him big time as you can see from this link so the fact he is slagging off soldiers who paraded and vets who attended may just grab their attention.
Well, we at the Walter Mitty Hunt are not really surprised he has received death threats, and although we in no way condone this action, we can wholly understand why he's received them. Maybe he should respect who provides him with that freedom of speech, alongside his freedom to be a complete dick!
Back to the source:
"This was on his wall, as you can see he is not a fan of the Mail and nor is he. My mate does a lot of legal stuff at a barristers office just asked him about the gossip. He said as long as you put "its alledged by locals in his area" you are covered as you are not directly making the allegation. The press use it as way to get their stories out. Mate I think the mail will jump on him once they see that screen shot.
And yes, who would blame for Daily Mail for criticizing him either? Maybe someone should point them here?
NWN : This is from an ex-forces forum who we do not wish to embarass.
Just as the poster says. Slag Thatcher off if you wish, and we do, becuase she deserves to be slagged off.
But leave our armed forces from blame.
REDWATCH check him out.
Seems like this lefty is destined for higher places.